These pages provide an in-depth digital look at the Pine Mountain Settlement School Archive, in Harlan County, Kentucky. Founded in 1913 the School history now comprises over 2,000 pages of local, regional, national, and biographical materials. Collections include photographs, documents, biographies, books, objects, videos, and other materials that describe the School, the community and the people related to the early rural settlement school in Central Appalachia from its beginnings in 1913 to the present day. Many documents are available in FULL TEXT. Work is ongoing.
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See the article and the story of this HINDMAN drawing: William Aspenwall Bradley “The Women on Troublesome Creek” 1918 (1913)
TROUBLES IN THE VALLEY OF THE TROUBLESOME
Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections extends our profound sympathies to the individuals, families, institutions, and businesses in the areas that have recently flooded. Institutional collections have suffered badly. The archival holdings at APPALSHOP and those at HINDMAN SETTLEMENT have been severely damaged.
Restoration of salvaged archival and photographic collections will be difficult and expensive. DONATIONS at any level will start the process of recovery for these two institutions and any other flooded repositories you may wish to support. HINDMAN holds a special place in the heart of PINE MOUNTAIN SETTLEMENT as it was our “mother” institution. Donations are badly needed NOW as PRESERVATION is needed NOW if it is to be successfully accomplished. Paper and photographs will deteriorate qickly and need immediate freezing and then careful restoration.
Troubles are not un-common in the valleys of the Central Appalachians, but the recent flooding of our heritage collections is unprecedented. The tragic loss of life and homes reminds us all of the fragility of our own life and livelihood wherever we may be living, but the loss of our heritage and our history can also kill our culture.
PLEASE BE GENEROUS IN YOUR SUPPORT
The Vision of the Pine Mountain Settlement School Archive is to provide a voice that will encourage transformations in individual relationships with the cultures of the Appalachian region. By providing access to a unique and extensive body of archival material about the region, the Pine Mountain Settlement School offers an opportunity to explore in depth one of the earliest rural settlement schools within the Appalachian region. The Rural Settlement School Movement and its impact on the people of Eastern Kentucky and the Southern Appalachians is a story that has sometimes been misrepresented, romanticized, or only partially understood and described. We envision an accessible, deep, vibrant, and vital resource that will encourage exploration and collaborative dialogue about the hidden and sometimes contested history of rural settlement schools within the Appalachian milieu. We envision broader dissemination of research materials across all public, private, and federal sectors interested in Appalachian cultures and lives. more …
OUR ARCHIVAL MISSION
The Pine Mountain Settlement School archival mission supports the institutional mission and its strategic planning goals. The Pine Mountain Settlement School mission continues a long 109-year history focused on educational and social enrichment programs centered on the local community but serving the broader Appalachian region and beyond. Once a boarding school with a progressive educational curriculum, Pine Mountain Settlement School’s recent educational programming has moved away from residential education to multi-faceted offerings of short-term environmental, cultural, medical, social, agricultural, and arts and crafts programs and workshops for all ages. Yet, the archive has not moved away from, nor will it move away from, a commitment to Pine Mountain as place and people. more …
To learn more about the School’s current workshops, community interaction, annual events, and other activities, go to PINE MOUNTAIN SETTLEMENT SCHOOL MAIN PAGE. There, you will find information about visiting the campus, lodging, programs, and donating to the School.
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WHAT’S NEW! Archive of Promoted Pages and Posts – Current and former previews of pages and posts.
WHAT’S NEW Latest Digital Additions – Lists of pages that have been recently updated or newly published on the PINE MOUNTAIN SETTLEMENT SCHOOL COLLECTIONS website.
ARCHIVE Latest Digital Additions – Stores lists of pages that had been updated or published in former months on the PINE MOUNTAIN SETTLEMENT SCHOOL COLLECTIONS website.
COMMENTS and CONTACT
Comments and feedback regarding the material on this website or on the institutional history are welcomed. Comments directly on the website are not enabled.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (606) 558-3571 with your inquiries and comments. We welcome your identification of people and activities on our site and, particularly, corrections to the record. If you hold material related to Pine Mountain Settlement School and wish to donate the material to the School, please contact email@example.com or (606) 558-3571.
ARCHIVE Mission Statement (extended)
ABOUT OCR TEXT
Many of the texts included in this site have been automatically generated using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software. In some cases, these texts have not been manually reviewed or corrected.
OCR enables searching of large quantities of full-text data, but it is not 100% accurate. The level of accuracy depends on the print quality of the original publication and its condition at the time of microfilming. Publications with poor quality paper, small print, mixed fonts, multiple column layouts or damaged pages may have poor OCR accuracy.
CITATION OF MATERIALS:
Any PUBLIC use of material must properly cite Pine Mountain Settlement School in the following manner: “[Identification of Item],” [Collection Name] [Series Number, if applicable]. [date], Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. [date accessed]
The manuscript collections and archival records in the Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections may contain sensitive and/or confidential information derived from historical archives that may be protected under federal and state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers who wish to publish and users who may share material from the Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections are advised by this notice that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in some collections within the Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. may be a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy if facts concerning an individual’s private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person for which Pine Mountain Settlement School assumes no responsibility.
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AGAIN, see: INDEX TO COLLECTIONS for an overview of collections and series.